A few weeks ago, Matt Harvey, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery he underwent last October, said that he hoped to return to the Mets in August and start five to seven games for the club. It appears as if that won’t be happening.
May 13, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Mets injured starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) looks on before a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
While speaking at Citi Field on Tuesday, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson intimated that Harvey will not step on a big league mound until he’s at least 11 months out from surgery – which would be the end of September.
Harvey was initially scheduled to throw off the slope of the mound for the first time since surgery this past Monday, but the Mets – due to simply wanting to slow him down – moved that date back.
For the time being, Harvey will continue to throw on flat ground.
Harvey has spoken of wanting to return in 2014 in order to have peace of mind about his surgically repaired elbow heading into the 2015 season.
While Harvey is moving at a quicker pace than most, returning from Tommy John surgery in less than a year isn’t unprecedented.
However, with the recent rash of Tommy John injuries and a number of pitchers needing second surgeries, it’s understandable that the Mets are being extra cautious.
It’s been stated here from the outset that Harvey should move at the pace his rehab allows, and shouldn’t let anything else (wanting peace of mind, the Mets being in contention) dictate the speed at which he rehabs.
While Harvey would obviously love to return in 2014, it appears that he will allow the Mets to veto any potential return if they feel it’s in the best long-term interest of both Harvey and the club.